First Lady’s Inaugural Gown by Jason Wu Arrives at Smithsonian

As I flipped through my May issue of Vogue last night as I sipped a warm cup of Harney & Sons Cherry Blossom Green Tea (you must try it!), I was excited to see a write up on Michelle Obama donating her Jason Wu inauguration dress to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s First Ladies Collection.

The collection is filled with first lady artifacts, some dating back to Martha Washington’s time in the White House.  You can read more about the exhibition here.

The now world-famous, 27-year-old Jason Wu, was at her side during the ceremony. I have been very impressed with Jason’s designs since he exploded onto the world scene last year and even more so now that I will be attending his Spring/Summer fashion show coming up in September.  So far I’ll be heading to his show and Lela Rose’s show as well!  I can’t wait to report on them to all of you.  What I love about his designs is that they truly are wearable.  Looking at his Spring 2010 collections, I see many outfits I would wear to a nice luncheon in NYC or to a cocktail party.   Since my birthday is the week after the Fall fashion shows, I’ll definitely be making some purchases and perhaps I’ll even have a soiree the night of the shows!  
Here are a few of my favorites:


Jason has a spectacular behind-the-scenes look at his Spring 2010 show on his website.  Definitely check it out if you are a fashion junkie.
The dress that Michelle Obama wore to the Smithsonian ceremony was by Prabal Gurung, another designer who is relatively new on the scene.  He launched his first collection during New York Fashion Week in February of 2009 and his first runway show was this past Fall at Bryant Park.  I am looking forward to hearing more about him.  Michelle Obama clearly loves to shine the spotlight on new designers!  I am sure we will be seeing a lot more from Prabal, especially during the September fashion shows. Stay tuned!
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